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Next Chapter Green Ribbon campaign addresses mental health
Members of Next Chapter and UFS Student counselling are working together to address mental health issues.

Next Chapter, a student support group at the UFS presented the Green Ribbon campaign, pledging their support to students and providing them with assistance in coping with life events that stimulate stress and contribute negatively to their mental health. The team aims to break the stigma surrounding mental health care, and continually assist students with mental health-related issues that they struggle with daily.

The Green Ribbon represents mental health awareness, which is a pressing matter for students and is the type of support students need in a stressful university environment. The campaign focuses on teaching students how to cope with life events that stimulate stress, and contribute negatively to their mental health.
A discussion by Dr Ancel George: practising clinical psychologist and lecturer from the UFS Department of Psychology, and Dr Mellissa Barnaschone: Director of UFS Student Counselling, took place, where talks were prominent about creating an inclusive environment for UFS students.

The panel shared a few tips on how students should work towards managing stress, and motivated them for the main mid-year examinations.
The follow-up Exam Cram Workshop, presented by Nadia Cloete and Lize Wolmarans, that combined time and stress management, took place on 2 June 2018, and saw students receiving advice on how to approach various issues during the examination period.
Mental health awareness does not end with the campaign and Next Chapter’s slogan “Your story continues” encourages students to regularly wear and commemorate the green ribbon in support of continual mental healthcare.
Should you have any enquiries or input for the ongoing campaign, contact the Next Chapter team on, or further email Tshepang Mahlatsi, founder of Next Chapter on

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Academic leads a group of South Africans during a visit to Australia


Prof. Doreen Atkinson, research associate from the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently lead a group of South Africans that attended the Desert Knowledge Symposium in Alice Springs, Australia. Prof. Atkinson, leader of the group and part of the centre's programme for arid areas, received funding from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to take the group to the symposium.

 Here are, from the left: Mr Jerry Aries, Department of Agriculture in Elsenburg, Western Cape, Ms Sue Taylor, research associate from the Centre for Development Support at the UFS, Prof. Atkinson, Ms Leonie Fouchè, Camdeboo District Municipality in Graaff-Reinet, Ms Deidré van Rooyen, researcher from the Centre for Development Support at the UFS, and Mr Stefanus Jooste, Central Karoo District Municipality, Beaufort West; back: Mr Jaco Mostert, Northern Cape Provincial Government, Mr Mark Ingle, research associate from the Centre for Development Support at the UFS, and Mr Peter Myles, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
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